Anaheim Ducks forward Patrick Eaves was diagnosed with what is suspected to be Guillain-Barré syndrome, a disorder in which the body's immune system attacks the peripheral nervous system.
Eaves is resting comfortably in stable condition at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, California. He visited specialists last week after feeling signs of weakness, which later led to him being diagnosed and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital. Eaves' condition stabilized over the weekend and he was transferred out of the ICU.
The Ducks said Eaves, who has one goal in two games this season and hasn't played since Oct. 13, is expected to make a full recovery.
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"I want to thank Dr. Robert Watkins Sr. and Dr. Danny Benmoshe for their early diagnosis of my condition, along with the proactive Ducks medical team," Eaves said in a statement. "Thanks to them and the incredible nurses at Hoag Hospital, I'm on the road to recovery. I've received tremendous amount of support over the last few days, most importantly from my family, friends and teammates. I'm determined to fully overcome this and return to the ice as soon as possible."
Eaves, 33, signed a three-year contract extension with the Ducks on June 23 after setting NHL career highs in goals (32) and points (51) last season with Anaheim and the Dallas Stars.
"Our sole focus at this time is on Patrick's general health and well-being," Ducks general manager Bob Murray said. "We are grateful his condition was diagnosed early by Dr. Robert Watkins Sr. and Dr. Danny Benmoshe, and thank the staff at Hoag Hospital and our own medical personnel for their efforts. What defines Patrick Eaves is his strength of character, and that will serve him well in his recovery. Our thoughts are with Patrick and his family at this time."